Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!


Sounds cool right? Wrong.

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN GOOD! But of course it was not and was instead the biggest disappointment so far this year for me.

First off, this book is long and during most of that time there is nothing going on. Literally nothing. Most of the time it’s Amy’s thoughts and more often then not she is repeating herself. How many times does she describe someone as “being near her age” or how many times is there some lame ass line about having to “kill Dorothy?” Fun fact: the title of the novel is DOROTHY MUST DIE so I don’t need to be reminded chapter after chapter.

Second, Amy is so dependent on everyone even though she knows absolutely nothing. In a book that seemingly pits female against female I was hoping for a strong female lead but alas, that is not what we get. Instead Amy relies on Nox and Pete, as well as other shady characters. So instead of a lead who can act on her own we get one who caters to everyone else’s needs. Then, when she does make a move on her own, she just apologizes, even though she has been given no information. Conflict solved. Really?

Third, Nox and Pete. Why does there need to be this kind of forced romance triangle thing. Maybe not all focused on the triangle this book but apparently there are more to come. Not to mention we know nothing about them. Does Amy need to constantly rely on someone to save her? Aren’t we passed that as a culture? Ugh.

Fourth, what the hell happened in the end? Why did anything happen? I feel like I got screwed over. Was there an end? Why is there more? I can’t.

Finally, I’m not sure what is supposed to be canon: the original Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum or the movie version with Judy Garland. The reason this bothers me so much is because of the shoes. In the novel they are silver and in the movie they are ruby red. This book by Paige starts off by saying that Dorothy’s slippers are silver but then later they are red. Not to mention that Amy constantly refers to the characters looking as they did in the movie. This means that Dorothy is therefore Judy Garland. What is going on?